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Dancing Through the Flames: How DC Dance Survived 1968


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Dancing Through The Flames: How DC Dance Survived 1968" examines the six days of rioting in Washington, DC after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968, and the impact the riots and the Civil Rights Movement had on the dance culture of Washington, DC as told by former dancers of the African American teen television dance show, The Teenarama Dance Party (WOOK-TV Ch. 14, 1963-1970).

Documentary film Screening - "Dance Party: The Teenarama Story", (PBS 2006) Producer Beverly Lindsay-Johnson, Producer/Director Herb Grimes

Introduction by Producer Beverly Lindsay-Johnson

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion - Discussion with former dancers of the Teenarama Dance Party in 1968. Moderated by playwright, Jiiko Ozimba Caldwell. Brief Q & A session at the end of discussion

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Panelists -
Alma Cosy
Monroe Falwell
Christine Liddell
Joan Riggins

Moderator - Jiiko Ozimba Caldwell, Playwright

As a student at the University of Maryland, European Division in Munich, Germany, Jiiko learned the power the media and arts to affect change in the world. During her course of study, she also received training in Howard's historic School of Fine Arts in theater. Jiiko has written six musicals, three for children as an arts educator and three adult plays produced independently. Her signature is stunning musical scores that involve a fusion of musical genres, including Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Gospel, Rock, Inspirational, Hip Hop, and others. She launched her professionally produced include musicals, Good luvin' and her critically acclaimed musical, North Capital, which broaches the topic of gentrification in Washington, DC through the eyes of an elder African American gentleman. As a playwright, Jiiko says that she was “so inspired” by the history of the original Teenarama Dance Party story, and wanted to be a part of the upcoming theatrical production Teenarama: The Musical.

1968 Dance Party! Conclude with a dance party featuring the music of 1968. Make sure you have on your 19s and Foot Joys! Dance music by DJ Scooter Magruder of WPFW FM's "Baby Boomer Boogie Show"

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Teenarama, Inc. - Teenarama Incorporated is a 501 (c3) non profit organization, whose mission is to preserve the legacy of the original Teenarama Dance Party television show. It's membership consists of former Teenarama Dance Party dancers.

Light Refreshments provided.